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Populous Gets the Call in Columbia

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council decided Tuesday to hire Kansas City (MO)-based Populous to design and oversee construction of the new minor league baseball stadium in the Bull Street neighborhood.  The city will pay the firm $2,025,000 under the contract.  Read more here.

Columbia SC Proposed Stadium Rendering via Harball Capital

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‘Phinley’ Wins 2014 MiLB Mascot Mania

Clearwater Threshers Logo 2Phinley, the mascot for the Single-A Clearwater Threshers (Florida State League), took down 13 other league champions to become Minor League Baseball’s 2014 Mascot Mania champion.  Read more here.

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Clearwater Threshers Phinley

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Spinners, Nito to Bring Gators to Life

Lowell Spinners LogoPRESS RELEASE – Entertainment technology company Nito Inc., announced today a partnership with the minor league baseball team Lowell Spinners who have licensed Nito’s PRO software to create social media content and videos for the team website, social media and stadium scoreboard. Continue reading

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Fredericksburg Ballpark $18M Short

Hagerstown Suns LogoThe partners seeking to build a baseball stadium in Fredericksburg for the relocating Single-A Hagerstown Suns (South Atlantic League) are roughly $18 million short in funding and may not go forward with the project without additional financial help.  Read more here.

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Life in the New York-Penn League

Brooklyn Cyclones LogoStaten Island Yankees LogoIt is outside our niche (talking about players and all), but you might find interesting a eight-part series of articles posted on WFUV.org radio about the trials and tribulations of being minor league ballplayers for the Mini Mets and Baby Bombers.  Read or listen to Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5,   Chapter 6, Chapter 7, and Chapter 8.  Thanks to John Cerone for the links.

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RiverDogs’ Annual Ballpark Festival of Beers Slated for August 23

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – The Joe and the annual Ballpark Festival of Beers have been synonymous with Lowcountry fun for more than a decade. The festival, presented by The Kickin’ Chicken, will continue to offer some of the finest beers on earth while also capturing the enthusiasm for local food trucks. Continue reading

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CARTA, RiverDogs Take Aim at Kazoo World Record

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – Buzz is growing about a partnership between the Charleston Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) and the Charleston RiverDogs that could see a world record set this month in the Lowcountry. Continue reading

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River Bandits Honor Retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin with Bobblehead

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits will give away a bobblehead of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin at Modern Woodmen Park at their 1:15 p.m. game Sunday, Aug. 17, which will be a Celebration and Appreciation of Senator Tom Harkin for 40 years of Service to Iowa in Congress. The day will be sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Continue reading

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Bandits Open New Amusement Ride at Modern Woodmen Park

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits and Main Street Amusements will open another new ride at Modern Woodmen Park Tuesday night, as the Mediacom “Drop’N Twist” makes its debut in the ballpark’s Party Plaza. Continue reading

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Spinners to Host Special Ballpark Paint ‘n Sip Event

Lowell Spinners LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Lowell Spinners, Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, announced Tuesday they have partnered with Tutto Bene of Lowell for a unique painting event to be held at LeLacheur Park the evening of Saturday, September 13. Continue reading

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Ripken Baseball Seeks Naming Rights Partner for Ballpark

Aberdeen IronBirds New LogoRipken Baseball LogoIt already has a famous name, but Ripken Baseball says it is looking for a naming-rights sponsor for Ripken Stadium, home of the Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds (New York-Penn League).  Read more here.

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“Battered Bastards” Worth a Look

rsz_mavs_1If you haven’t already done so, we recommend you check out the Netflix original documentary, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, about the short-lived (1973-1977) independent Single-A Portland Mavericks (Northwest League) launched by former minor-league player and television actor Bing Russell, father of movie star Kurt Russell.  We finally got around to watching it, and it’s definitely worth checking out.  Read more hereRead reviews on Rotten Tomatoes hereGo to the film on Netflix here.

Netflix Battered Bastards of Baseball Documentary

 

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Echols Accepts In-Game Prostate Exam Challenge, Plus 1980s Charleston Rainbows Jerseys

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – Earlier this month, Myrtle Beach Pelicans Vice President and General Manager Andy Milovich received an in-game prostate exam as he sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch at a recent Pelicans home game. Milovich accepted the challenge to support Fallon Emery, a nine-year-old girl from Carolina Forest, SC who is fighting brain cancer and Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: CMC-Northeast Stadium (Kannapolis, NC)

Kannapolis Intimidators New Alternative LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited CMC-Northeast Stadium, the new home of the Single-A Kannapolis Intimidators (South Atlantic League).  Read more and view photos hereRead about the “Uh-Huh Guy” hereRead about two key members of the team’s booster club here.

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The Brooklyn Cyclones: ‘The Best Dressed Team in Baseball’

Brooklyn Cyclones LogoPRESS RELEASE – Since 2001, the Brooklyn Cyclones have received a number of accolades for their community service, promotional excellence and innovative ways of making a trip to MCU Park unlike any other. But among all the titles that have been bestowed upon them – “Most Fun Ballpark in America” or “The Coolest Place on Earth” – there is one label that has been missing…until now! Continue reading

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Mountaineers Ballpark Construction Update

West Virginia University LogoNewYorkPennLeagueLogoA new rendering of the Monongalia County Ballpark currently under construction for the West Virginia University Mountaineers baseball team (and possibly a Single-A New York-Penn League club) in Morgantown (WV) has surfaced.  The new stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2015 college baseball season.  Read more hereView construction webcam here.

West Virginia University Ballpark Rendering 7.24.14

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In-Game Prostate Exam While Singing 7th Inning Stretch Tune ACTUALLY HAPPENS!

Myrtle Beach PelicansAndy Milovich, Vice President and General Manager of the Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Carolina League), followed through on his pledge to receive an in-game prostate exam while singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for Prostate Cancer Awareness Night on Thursday.  View Twitter photo here.  We have to wonder if the famous baseball tune sounded a little like “Moon River?”  Read the pre-game press release below: Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory, NC)

Hickory Crawdads LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited L.P. Frans Stadium, home of the Single-A Hickory Crawdads (South Atlantic League).  Read more and view photos hereRead about the “CLAWlossal” challenge here.

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Columbia Authorizes Borrowing for New Ballpark

Sand Gnats LogoIn a four to one vote, the Columbia City Council approved a new ordinance allowing the city to issue Special Obligation Bonds to raise no more than $35 million to pay for the construction of the proposed multi-use baseball stadium and facilities, equipment and improvements at the Bull Street development.  Read more here and here.

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Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It, Plus Bill Veeck Bobble Leg

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979 remains one of the most well-known promotions in sports history. The original promotion was organized by current Charleston RiverDogs President Mike Veeck, but 35 years and one week later, this classic promotion will feature a 21st Century spin arranged by the RiverDogs. Continue reading

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: State Mutual Stadium (Rome, GA)

Rome Braves LogoMLB.com reporter Benjamin Hill recently visited State Mutual Stadium, home of the Single-A Rome Braves (South Atlantic League).  Read more and view photos here

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Return of Minor League Baseball Back on Dubuque Radar

Dubuque Packers LogoThis is in the very early stages, but conceptual drawings for the long-term development plan for Chaplain Schmitt Island in Dubuque (IA) include a 6,000-seat minor-league ballpark.  Read more with subscription hereView Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan document here.

Dubuque's Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan page 31, Council Work Session 06.01.14

Dubuque’s Chaplain Schmitt Island Master Plan page 31, Council Work Session 06.02.14

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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Seinfeld to the Maximum in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Cyclones LogoThe Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones (New York-Penn League) celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Seinfield television series Saturday night.  Players took batting practice in puffy pirate shirts. A fan reeled in a slice of marble rye bread with a fishing rod from the suite level.  George Costanza announced the third inning.  And the first 3,000 attendees at the temporarily renamed Vandelay Industries Park received a Keith HernandezMagic Loogie” bobbleheadRead more here.

Vandelay Industries Park for Seinfeld anniversary night, Brooklyn Cyclones Facebook photo

Vandelay Industries Park for Seinfeld anniversary night, Brooklyn Cyclones Facebook photo

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Modern Woodmen Park Once Again Surrounding by Mississippi River Waters, Show Must Go On

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryIt’s that time of year again, and Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Single-A Quad Cities River Bandits (Midwest League), is once again surrounding by Mississippi River flood waters.  Read more and view photos hereView photo gallery here.  But the show must go on, as the police and fire “Battle of the Badges” charity softball game will be played on Saturday, July 5, before the River Bandits take on the Timber Rattlers.

Davenport and Rock Island will compete in the Battle of the Badges Saturday, July 5. The Davenport Police & Fire Departments will face the Rock Island Police & Fire Departments in a softball game from 3:45-5:00 p.m. before the River Bandits' 6 p.m. game against Wisconsin. The event will raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City.

The Davenport Police & Fire Departments and Rock Island Police & Fire Departments will compete in the Battle of the Badges charity softball game Saturday, July 5.

 

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Dash Break Single-Game Attendance Record

Winston-Salem Dash SecondaryA record crowd of 8,184 showed up at BB&T Ballpark in Winston-Salem (NC) on the 4th of July, as the Single-A Winston-Salem Dash (Carolina League) were shut out 5-0 by the Wilmington Blue Rocks.  Friday night’s crowd surpassed the previous record of 7,576, set last year on Independence Day.  Read more here.

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Dayton Dragons Being Sold

Dayton Dragons LogoPRESS RELEASE – Palisades Arcadia Baseball LLC has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the Dayton Dragons franchise – the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds – from Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC. Continue reading

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Rollins College Buckles on Ballpark Plan, Winter Park to Look Elsewhere

Rollings College TarsBrevard County ManateesThe Rollins College board of trustees has decided against moving ahead with a stadium deal at Harper-Shepherd Field, in response to more than 200 emails and letters from residents concerned about noise and traffic.  Winter Park (FL) will continue to evaluate a pair of other sites for a possible stadium.  Read more here.

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Rollins Takes a Ballpark Pause

Rollings College TarsBrevard County ManateesOrange County (FL) commissioners were set to vote Tuesday on a key funding mechanism needed to build a new stadium at Rollins College for the Tars and the Single-A Brevard County Manatees (Florida State League), but that vote was put off because of concerns by Rollins’ board of trustees.  Read more here.

Rendering of proposed ballpark for Rollins College and affiliated club - ACi Architects Inc.

Rendering of proposed ballpark for Rollins College and affiliated club – ACi Architects Inc.

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Single-A Kernels in Talks to Buy Summer Collegiate Bucks

Cedar Rapids Kernels LogoWaterloo Bucks LogoThe Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League) are in talks to buy the summer collegiate Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods League).  The purchase has already been approved by the Midwest League and the President of Minor League Baseball.  There are still a few other hoops to jump through here, but it looks like a done deal.  Read more and view news report here.

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Columbia Moves to Borrow $35 Million for Ballpark

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council moved ahead Tuesday on borrowing $35 million for a minor-league baseball stadium, ignoring a last-ditch effort to let voters decide the issue.  Mayor Steve Benjamin justified the move by saying people elect the council to make decisions, and the council takes out loans for millions in projects – to build sidewalks, buy police cars, improve water and sewage service.  Read more here.

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BlueClaws Take ‘What Could Have Been Day’ to Highest Level

Lakewood BlueClaws Pine Barons LogoThis is how you do it!  The Single-A Lakewood BlueClaws (South Atlantic League) didn’t just design specials jerseys to become the Lakewood Pine Barons for “What Could Have Been Day” on Sunday, they created a complete line of merchandise and brought in a new mascot named “Chipper” to help complete the fantasy.  Watch video here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

ne Barons mascot Chipper and Pine Barons SS Enmanuel Serra in the dugout before the game, Lakewood BlueClaws Facebook photo

Pine Barons mascot Chipper and Pine Barons SS Enmanuel Serra in the dugout before the game, Lakewood BlueClaws Facebook photo

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Messin’ with Sasquatch in Eugene, Whoopee Cushion Giveaway for First 2,000 Pranksters

Eugene Emeralds New Logo SquatchPRESS RELEASE – Get ready for a prank-filled night on June 26, thanks to Jack Link’s Messin’ with Sasquatch Night! Jack Link’s brand icon, Sasquatch, will be creating all sorts of mischief and fun around the stadium. Be sure to stay on your toes so you don’t end up as the victim of Sasquatch’s pranks! Continue reading

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River Bandits Expand Amusements with ‘Space Camp’

Quad Cities River Bandits New PrimaryPRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits and Main Street Amusements will open another new ride at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday night, as “Space Camp” makes its debut at the ballpark. Continue reading

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IronBirds Go ‘Ripken Orange’ in the Outfield

Aberdeen IronBirds New LogoPRESS RELEASE – Ripken Baseball today completed installation of its “Ripken orange” outfield wall upgrade, creating a unique ballpark experience at Ripken Stadium, home to hundreds of elite youth baseball tournaments and the Aberdeen IronBirds, short-season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

Aberdeen IronBirds Facebook photo

Aberdeen IronBirds Facebook photo

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Tourists to Host 2015 SAL All-Star Game, Unveil Logo

Asheville Tourists New Logo1PRESS RELEASE – Asheville Tourists president Brian DeWine, in conjunction with South Atlantic League president Eric Krupa, announced today that Asheville’s McCormick Field will serve as the site of the 2015 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, slated to be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Continue reading

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Columbia Approves Ballpark Development Project

Sand Gnats LogoThe Columbia (SC) City Council has approved a venue development agreement for the minor league baseball stadium in the Bull Street development, signaling the city’s next step toward establishing the cornerstone of the mixed-use development.  Read more here.

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Quakes Awarded 2015 California-Carolina League All-Star Game

Rancho Cucamonga QuakesPRESS RELEASE – The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and the California League are proud to announce that on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, the California-Carolina League All-Star Game will come to LoanMart Field, marking the third time Rancho Cucamonga has hosted this inter-league All-Star event. Continue reading

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Modesto Nuts Announce Name of New Pistachio Mascot

Modesto Nuts LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Club have announced the winning name for the newest member of their mascot family. Shelley the Pistachio, the name decided on by fans, will make her debut on Friday, June 20th at John Thurman Field. “The fans made a great choice with the name Shelley,” said Nuts General Manager Tyler Richardson. “We are excited to showcase her Continue reading

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Key Provisions of the Columbia (SC) Ballpark Contract

Sand Gnats LogoMembers of the Columbia (SC) City Council are scheduled to cast their first vote Tuesday on the draft construction contract for building a proposed new ballpark for a yet-t0-be-named affiliated baseball team.  Read more here.

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RiverDogs Schedule 12th Annual Festival of Beers

Charleston RiverdogsPRESS RELEASE – The Joe and the annual Ballpark Festival of Beers have been synonymous with Lowcountry fun for more than a decade. The festival, presented by The Kickin’ Chicken, will continue to offer some of the finest beers on Earth while also capturing the enthusiasm for local food trucks. Continue reading

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